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Getting the most out of every acre: Lower Inputs through Cover Cropping

BRANDON, MB
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Getting the most out of every acre: Lower Inputs through Cover Cropping

Managing nutrients is an ongoing challenge for all crop farmers. Join us at this workshop to learn how cover cropping can improve your cropping system and your bottom line.

Date: November 13, 2019

Location: MNP Hall A & B, Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB

Topics & Speakers:

Why cover crops? Identifying goals for cover crops on your farm
Yvonne Lawley Ph. D. , Researcher at the University of Manitoba focusing on soybean and corn agronomy, cover crops, and plant and soil interactions. Yvonne is conducting research on cover crops at multiples scales from small plot to on-farm research. Yvonne will provide an introduction to cover crops, including the context for cover crops in Manitoba, identify the benefits and goals for cover crops, and windows in Manitoba crop rotations where you can get started.

Cover Crop Agronomy – Seeding Rates, Establishment, Management & Termination
Lee Briese, has a doctorate of Plant Health from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lee brings experience with several years as a crop consultant with Centrol, Inc., serving 46 growers with over 85,000 acres. His desire to continue to improve his value to clients, community and agriculture have led him to the Doctor of Plant Health program.

What’s in the tool box? Selecting cover crop species to meet your goals
Yvonne Lawley Ph. D. , Researcher at the University of Manitoba focusing on soybean and corn agronomy, cover crops, and plant and soil interactions. Yvonne will talk about how specific cover crops can be used to address issues such as soil compaction, excess water, salinity, erosion, nitrogen and phosphorus availability, and creating habitat for pollinators.

Farmer Panel #1: Kevin Nichol, Jonah Langelotz and Brooks White
What problems are you trying to solve?
How do you use cover crops in your rotation?
How are you growing cover crops? (In the fall? In strips or whole field? In multi-species mixes?)

Relay Crops are like Cover Crops in Disguise
Scott Chalmers is a Diversifications Specialist for Manitoba Agriculture working on relay cropping. Relay crops may offer advantages like a cover crop but may make better use of the time and resources during a short growing season. Scott will present his experience in applied crop research and with surrounding progressive farmers with a number of relay crops that act like cover crops.

Farmer Panel #2: Jason Peters, Scott Beaton and Al McKenzie
Which cover crops are you using to build fertility?
Why have you chosen those crops?
Where do you put them in your rotation?
How do you use cover crops in your organic crop rotation?
How are you selecting the right cover crops for nitrogen fixing?

Event Contact: Dana Penrice
info@manitobaorganicalliance.com or (780) 914-6282